Tata signs deal to bring undersea cable network to the Gulf

Tata Communications signs deals with five Gulf telecom operators to connect to undersea cable network

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Tata signs deal to bring undersea cable network to the Gulf The deal will connect the Gulf to Tata Communication's Tata Global Network, which already links 200 countries.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 25, 2009

Tata Communications has signed an agreement with five Gulf telecom operators to collaborate on a new undersea cable system for the region.

The five have been signed up as landing partners for the Tata Global Network (TGN), a global Tier-1 IP network which currently connects over 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.

Bahrain Internet Exchange in Bahrain, Nawras of Oman, Qatar Telecom of Qatar, Mobily of Saudi Arabia and Etisalat of the UAE will each be the exclusive landing party for the new TGN Gulf Cable System in their respective countries, with rights to sell a range of services to large enterprises and other operators.

TGN Gulf Cable System will take around 22 months to complete take 22 months, and will enable at least 1.28 TBit/s of additional international connectivity in the region.

Vinod Kumar, president and COO of Tata Communications, said: "This partnership with the top operators in the Middle East to build the TGN Gulf Cable System underscores our aspirations to be a key player in the emerging markets space. Each of these partnerships will create mutual benefits that will multiply steadily as companies in the Middle East expand out to the rest of the world and as global MNCs seek connectivity to expand their operations to this fast growing region."

Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qtel commented: "Qtel is delighted to announce this agreement with Tata Communications, which will bring a new global, and much needed, resilient submarine cable to Qatar. The enhanced capacity provided by this cabling solution will help ensure rapid growth of Broadband services across Qatar."

Ross Cormack, CEO of Nawras said: "In cementing this agreement with TATA, we are really enthusiastic to be building our own international connection to the rest of the world to provide Nawras customers with the quality of international service and value added services which they rightly demand."

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